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Performance capture, Serkis, movies, videogames and Apes

17 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The James Clayton column: James explores the path to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and where we might be heading next...

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a film about apes. The title isn't misleading or a metaphor or anything. This is a movie about primates and though there are human protagonists sharing screentime and functioning as significant pieces in the plot, it's very much an ape affair. Key characters - Caesar, Cornelia, Koba - are all chimpanzees.

Actually, that's not completely true. In fact it's a damn dirty ape lie for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a work of great deception. This fresh bestial blockbuster employs the most state-of-art moviemaking technology to achieve its trickery, ironically bringing the primitive world to visceral life on screen by using the most advanced techniques available.

The truth about those convincing, hyper-real chimpanzees? Caesar is played by Andy Serkis, »

- simonbrew

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Rewind: Werner Herzog, Airborne

15 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The year is 1998 and Werner Herzog is one of few filmmakers who possess an aura. Not tabloid longevity, but the true beatification that comes with being a small-town Bavarian who ended up surviving not only postwar Germany but Central African prisons, Peruvian arrows, Klaus Kinski, pilgrimages across Europe and forty years in the film industry. His struggles are sometimes self-imposed but always Promethean; his vision, personal, strange and poetic. And his fans: devotional. Herzog doesn't do much to discourage the following...which is why Herzog, I and his assistant director, Herbert Golder, were laughing when we read the fortune opened by the holy man at a restaurant not far from Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope building, where Herzog was doing some work. "A modest man never talks of himself," it said. It was already too late.>> - Susan Gerhard »

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'Stroszek' (1977) Movie Review

2 July 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Werner Herzog's Stroszek is exactly what you'd expect from the eccentric filmmaker, which is to say it's somewhat inexplicable, entrancing, honest and leaves us scratching our heads for meaning as much as it all seems crystal clear. I've seen it referred to as a comedy and I guess if you consider the premise it does sound like one of those "a rabbi, a priest and a minister walk into a bar" jokes, but therein lies the mystery of Herzog, a man that will take a mildly retarded ex-con, a prostitute and an elderly German man and offer a scenario wherein the trio pack up, leave Germany and make a new home in Wisconsin. Makes perfect sense... rightc The film's origins are as wild, if not more so, than the premise. Herzog originally intended to cast his lead actor, Bruno S. (The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser), in Woyzeck only to »

- Brad Brevet

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Review: Herzog's "Nosferatu" (1979) BFI Limited Edition Blu-ray UK Release

2 July 2014 3:35 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

(This review pertains to the BFI UK Blu-ray release on Region 2 format)  

By Paul Risker

When François Truffaut ordained Werner Herzog, “The most important filmmaker alive” wisdom would have suggested that there was not one film within his body of work to stand out as his most important. Only a body of work threaded together with consistency; a combination of great filmic works would warrant such a claim.

Following the infliction of National Socialism on the German artistic tradition and consciousness, Nosferatu the Vampyre is Werner Herzog reaching into the past to reconnect with his true cinematic roots. The film that he looked to was not only a masterpiece of German Expressionism, but more broadly of cinema – F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. If Truffaut ordained Werner Herzog to be “The most important filmmaker alive” then Nosferatu the Vampyre is the arguably the filmmaker’s most important for this single reason.

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- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Blu-ray Review: Herzog's "Aguirre, Wrath Of God" (1971) Starring Klaus Kinski, BFI Release

27 June 2014 3:20 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

(This review pertains to the limited edition Region 2 UK release from the BFI) 

By Paul Risker 

As well as asking the question “Is cinema more important than life?” Francois Truffaut showed a flair for statement when he declared Werner Herzog to be “The most important filmmaker alive.” 

If the BFI have the final word this summer, it will be remembered as the summer of Herzog, as they align themselves with the German filmmaker and journey headlong into his cinematic world. This rendezvous starts with a descent into the past with two distinct forms of horror - the hallucinatory horror of human obsession in Aguirre, Wrath of God and the genre horror Nosferatu.

Aguirre, Wrath of God represents an important entry in Herzog's career, and by coupling it with his 1971 feature documentary Fata Morgana, this release highlights the spatial thread that runs through his cinema. From the jungle, the desert, Antarctica »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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'The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser' (1975) Movie Review

24 June 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

In discovering Bruno S., Werner Herzog found exactly the kind of actor he needs, someone who doesn't necessarily "act" in a role, but someone that more-or-less is the character he/she was hired to portray. In this case, the story of Bruno S. (full name Bruno Schleinstein) holds eerie similarities to the title character in The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, a 19th century Germany-set story of a man who was locked away in a dungeon for the first 17 years or so of his life only to one day be found in a small town square outside Nuremberg, alone and holding only an anonymous letter. The film is based on a true story, though Herzog holds little allegiance to reality as he cast Bruno (as I'll refer to him throughout the rest of this review), a man in his forties portraying what history would tell us is only a boy in his late teens. »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Werner Herzog Names His Favorite England Soccer Player Plus 1-Hour TV Special From 1982

23 June 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Generally, The Playlist offices don't care much for sports, but there are definitely more than a few of us watching the World Cup. And it has been a helluva tournament so far, with defending champions Spain out of the contest already, along with England, who just couldn't get it together. So for all of you in the U.K. mourning your early exit from the World Cup, here's a little cinephile treat. Back in 1982, ITV focused an entire episode of "The South Bank Show" to Werner Herzog, and as usual, you should probably watch it. Across 60 minutes, it jumps around with the director, highlighting his films to date, talking with him about his work with Klaus Kinski, showing him reading dramatically on a train and ... talking about soccer. In fact, you'll see Herzog play soccer, as he talks about his fave English footballer Glenn Hoddle. We wonder what he thinks of English football now? »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Bottom Shelf: Re-Animator, The Beast Within and more

9 June 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Re-Animator, The Beast Within and Camp Dread are among the horror films to appear on DVD and Blu-ray this month. Nick takes a look...

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Wow. Just a month in and this regular post dedicated to the - shall we say - more idiosyncratic, less delicate of movies (or shall we just say “gory horrors and not-quite-b-movies”) has the splendid fortune of getting to review Stuart Gordon’s tongue-in-cheek classic, Re-Animator.

Produced by Brian Yuzna, the warped individual behind the brutal class satire/mutant cannibalism jaunt Society, and starring that rubber-faced icon of the midnight movie, Jeffrey Combs, this remains one of the crowning glories of 80s cult film-making. Re-Animator's essentially an outlandish, sillier take on Hp Lovecraft’s spin on the Frankenstein mad-scientist story, and Combs, who you’ll undoubtedly know from such box-office juggernauts as Doctor Mordrid and Cellar Dweller (reviewed here next month), plays brilliant-if-misguided medical student Herbert West. »

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'Cobra Verde' (1987) Movie Review

4 June 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I believe there's a hint as to what we're supposed to take out of Werner Herzog introduces Cobra Verde in the speed with which he introduces the film's central character, Francisco Manoel da Silva (Klaus Kinski), a ruined Brazilian rancher-turned-bandit who eventually finds himself at the center of the slave trade between Africa and South America. We never get to know Francisco the rancher, instead we first see him rumbling down a muddy hill, where he works for a gold mining company, and has just learned his wages have gone straight to the bank. That night he kills his boss, the scene cuts to black, next we meet the man Francisco has become, the feared bandit known as Cobra Verde (Green Snake). Cold, fearless and without sympathy, da Silva's travels eventually find him in the favor of Don Octavio Coutinho (Jose Lewgoy), who hires da Silva to oversea his sugar »

- Brad Brevet

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The Trailer Debut for Josh Stolberg’s Crawlspace

4 June 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

​Josh Stolberg's directorial effort Crawlspace makes its premiere on Hulu Plus on Thursday, June 5th. Stolberg previously penned Piranha 3D and Sorority Row. The film went into production in early 2012 under the title Hideaway before it was retitled to its current moniker. You won't find the ghost of Klaus Kinski lurking in the vents of this thriller; this film's cast includes Steve Weber, Jonathan Silverman, Lori Loughlin, Nicole Moore and Sterling Beaumon.

The post The Trailer Debut for Josh Stolberg’s Crawlspace appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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Top 5 Foreign Vampire Films

3 June 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We love our vampires. There is no denying that. And whether they be the frilly shirt wearing kind or the pointy toothed Alaskan invaders, whatever form they come in, we eat them right up (pun definitely intended). In celebration of the VOD and limited theatrical release of the Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis, we bring you the Top 5 Foreign Vampire Films.

A film by Juno Mak, Rigor Mortis promises to be one insane ride of vampirism. Heavily laden with F/X and action, the film is a sort of homage to the Chinese vampire movies of the '80s.

Definitely a unique experience, Rigor Mortis looks to make its mark as a memorable foreign vampire film itself.

But back to the topic at hand. We have a couple of honorable mentions to start off with, including (and we're speculating on this first one, but we know it's going to »

- Scott Hallam

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Slaughter Hotel Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

30 May 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

They came to the sanitarium seeking help, but the women in 1971′s Slaughter Hotel have unknowingly checked into a building they may never leave alive. In director Fernando Di Leo’s Italian slasher film, a lunatic with an axe stalks the women of the sanitarium, pushing their sanities — and their bodies — to the breaking point. Raro Video USA is now bringing this bloody Italian shocker to Blu-ray and DVD in the Us.

Also known as La bestia uccide a sangue freddoSlaughter Hotel stars the legendary Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee, and Rosalba Neri. Blu-ray.com reports that the fresh high definition transfer of the film’s original 35mm negative will be hitting Blu-ray in the Us this September. It will also be released on DVD at the same time.

“From the maestro of mayhem, Fernando Di Leo (Rulers of the City, Manhunt) comes one of the sleaziest and nastiest slasher films ever made. »

- Derek Anderson

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New on Video: ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre’

29 May 2014 9:06 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Written and directed by Werner Herzog

Germany, 1979

Before he filmed his eccentric version of what makes a bad lieutenant, and before he fictionalized his documentary about Dieter needing to fly, Werner Herzog in 1979 wrote and directed a full-fledged remake of a silent film classic. His Nosferatu the Vampyre, an exceptionally faithful take on F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu from 1922, recalls the original in story, tenor, and potency. Not matter the subject, Herzog frequently manages to endow the mundane and banal with qualities of inherent peculiarity; here, working specifically within the horror genre, his capacity for the uncanny is as intoxicating as ever.

In a contemporary documentary about the making of the film, included as part of the newly released Blu-ray, Herzog declares Murnau’s picture to be “the most important film ever made in Germany.” That’s quite a statement, certainly a debatable one, but it is nevertheless »

- Jeremy Carr

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'Nosferatu the Vampyre' (1979) Movie Review

28 May 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

With Nosferatu the Vampyre (aka Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht), Werner Herzog's allegiance to F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent feature Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens makes it even more intriguing than it would be were it wholly original. Murnau's film is striking for its imagery to the point it owns what may be the most iconic horror villain of all-time, even for those that have never seen the movie, as Max Schreck's spindly figure rises from the shadows as Graf Orlok (a variation on Bram Stoker's "Dracula"). Murnau's Nosferatu, however, can be a bit of a challenge to get through, even at 94 minutes, while Herzog's adaptation brings new life to the story, with frequent nods to the original and more than enough to make it all his own. Herzog, of course, was able to make his film without worry over the rights to Stoker's novel as it had entered »

- Brad Brevet

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What I Watched, What You Watched #246

25 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I wanted to start off by saying how much I love seeing the amount of conversation in this space each week. I went back and looked and the 161 comments on last week's post was the tenth highest ever for a "What I Watched" piece, the highest being 258 last year on July 7. I'm starting to think about doing something similar for paid subscribers, but centering it on a specific topic or movie each week, though I am still toying with the best way to do it. For now, this seems to be doing quite well, keep up the chatter. Now, to business, this week I watched Werner Herzog's Cobra Verde, which I'll be reviewing soon enough, as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past (my review) and Filth (my review), but it didn't end there. HBO has been showing Fast & Furious 6 and Mission: Impossible on repeat as of late »

- Brad Brevet

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Exclusive Interview: Robert Englund Talks Freddy’s Nightmares, Fear Clinic Movie, Upcoming Projects

21 May 2014 5:25 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

He’s most widely known as Freddy Krueger, the sadistic bladed glove-wearing killer of those Elm Street teenagers unlucky enough to find him lurking in their dreams. In real life, though, actor/director Robert Englund is one of the nicest guys around. His fans saw that for themselves at Wizard World’s recent Minneapolis Comic Con, as Robert signed autographs, posed for pictures, and talked genuinely with each person he came in contact with.

In-between steady streams of fan interactions, I had an exclusive interview with Robert at Wizard World, where he talked about playing Dr. Andover once again in the upcoming Fear Clinic feature film, working in front of and behind the camera on the Freddy’s Nightmares TV series, upcoming projects, his ultimate dream role, and more.

How did it feel to step back into the shoes of Dr. Andover and reunite with director Robert Hall for the »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: Nosferatu the Vampyre (Blu-ray)

21 May 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In 1979, prolific German filmmaker Werner Herzog gave us his own re-imagining of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, which may arguably be one of his finest cinematic works. An evocative exercise in alienation and existential dread, Herzog masterfully tackles one of the greatest gothic stories ever with Nosferatu the Vampyre with the unforgettable (as always) Klaus Kinski as the titular blood-sucker.

While Herzog’s efforts draw a lot of inspiration from the original Nosferatu, he also smartly uses Bram Stoker’s original novel for his retelling in addition to his own wonderfully atmospheric storytelling sensibilities. Nosferatu the Vampyre starts off with the standard story set-up of Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) being sent to the castle of Count Dracula (Kinski) in order to have him sign off on a land purchase in person. Harker hesitantly agrees to the dangerous trip, fueled by his desire to purchase a home for his beloved wife Lucy »

- Heather Wixson

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'Woyzeck' (1979) Movie Review

20 May 2014 1:42 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Straining, sweating and struggling in the face of physical torment via his commanding officers, Werner Herzog's Woyzeck opens to the pained expression of Klaus Kinski as the film's title character, garrison soldier Franz Woyzeck. The scene plays after a melodic, harpsichord interlude introducing us to the small German town in which the film is set, transitioning to harsh strings as Herzog overcranks Woyzeck's introduction, bounding into view and rigidly going through his marching orders, pushed to his physical limit. Next we're witness to the psychological torment Woyzeck endures at the hands of his captain (Wolfgang Reichmann) and then again from a man we come to know only as Doctor (Willy Semmelrogge). A lowly private and strapped for cash with a child out of wedlock, Woyzeck submits to experiments at the hands of the doctor, including a diet in which he can only eat peas. His descent into madness »

- Brad Brevet

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Blu-ray Review: 'Nosferatu, the Vampyre'

20 May 2014 8:14 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski's creative partnerships are historic. The notorious temper of Kinski coupled with Herzog's grandiose pipe-dreaming made for bombastic on and offscreen affairs. It was hell for them and movie ecstasy for us. Their fiendish friendship circuited rather publicly from the early 1970s through to Kinski's woebegone death in 1991. Succeeding their debut collaboration, Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), the actor swiftly established himself as a capricious pest and intimidator. This unfathomable energy and unhinged behaviour is encapsulated perfectly in the duo's follow-up, a moody and illusory homage to F.W. Murnau's time-honoured silent classic, Nosferatu (1922).

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- CineVue UK

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Blu-ray Review: 'Aguirre, the Wrath of God'

19 May 2014 2:06 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★The extremities of the human psyche have for decades fascinated Bavarian auteur Werner Herzog; from the gleeful revolt of Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) right through to the drug-fuelled excesses of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009). More than one of the crowning achievements of his fiction filmography centres on the wild-eyed Klaus Kinski, who appeared in five of Herzog films as well as being the subject of the documentary, My Best Fiend (1999). The first and arguably the best of these collaborations was on a trek into the veritable heart of darkness in the exquisite Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972), which now arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of the BFI.

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- CineVue UK

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